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morning here in japan. and the only thing we can actually get to see is the vast area covered by fire. now we are taking a look at rescue operations in yamamoto town in miyagi prefecture. you can see people on the roof. they are being lifted by probably a helicopter up there. the rescue operations are being carried out. these are the self-defense forces of japan rescuing them. you can see people being lifted off the rooftop. we are still seeing the pictures of yamamoto town in miyagi prefecture which saw tsunami waves of about four meters high. and we say four meters but that's the data that we've got. and not considering the fact that no more data has been sent about the height of the tsunamis that could even be much higher than the recorded four-meter height in miyagi prefecture. there's a wide area shot of yamamoto city in miyagi prefecture. people being lifted in helicopters. there's more. we have more footages of rikuzentakata in iwata prefecture. you can see a rescue operation. they are forcing people off the rooftops. they are leaving behind ruins. the devastation of the massive ear
on this in the coming days. >>> a powerful earthquake has shaken northeastern japan. the tremor occurred at around 11:45 a.m. on wednesday. the quake had an estimated magnitude of 7.2 and was centered off the coast of northeastern japan. the depth of the quake was 10 kilometers. japan's meet lodge cam agency issued a tsunami adviser along the coast of northeastern japan. once again, a powerful earthquake has shaken northeaster japan. the tremor occurred around 11:45 a.m. on wednesday local time. them quake had an estimated magnitude of 7.2 and was centered off the coast of -- in northeastern japan. the depth of the quake was estimated at 10 kilometers. and japan's meteorological agency issued a tsunami advisory off the coast of northeastern japan. >>> japan has a new face for dip lomascy dipcy. -- diplomacy. he will replace serjei maehara who resigned over a political donation scandal. takeaki matsumoto became state tear. he is said to have expertise in financial, fiscal and security policies. takeaki matsumoto resigned for accepting political donations from a foreign -- it dealt another blow to the
on the fukushima daiichi power plant. two japan self defense forces helicopters have sprayed water on the reactor building at the fukushima daiichi power plant. tokyo police guard will use a water cannon truck to spray water from the outside to cool the storage fuel. each helicopter is capability of carrying 7.5 tons of sea water. the operation was held at around 9:48, 9:52, 9:54 a.m. and also 10:00 a.m. on thursday morning. due to radiation levels, though, the operation should be conducted from a minimum altitude and limited to 40 minutes per helicopter per day. on wednesday, a white plume was seen rising from a reactor building at the fukushima daiichi power plant. tokyo electric power company says water in a storage pool intended to cool spent fuel apparently evaporated from the vapor has the cooling system has not been working since the quake. there is urgent need for cooling to stop the fuel from emitting hydrogen for possible explosion or meltdown. at 9:48 a.m., 9:52 a.m., 9:54 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. japan time on thursday, two japan self defense force helicopters have prayed water on the crip
prefecture. self defense forces say they found a young man eight days after the earthquake hit central japan. rescuers found the man in the collapsed house on saturday morning. he was immediately taken to a hospital. the self-defense forces say a young man has been rescued in miyagi prefecture eight days after the earthquake hit. the man was found in a collapsed house on saturday morning. he was immediately taken to a hospital. our best wishes for his recovery. >>> at the troubled in fukushima , the fight continues to fight the radiation hazard. it will resume the operation in the afternoon. tokyo electric power company is making efforts to restore power to the cooling system. the tokyo fire department began spraying water into the storage pool into the number three reactor building early on saturday morning. it suspended the operation after spraying water for 20 minutes to connect electricity cables. five fire engines and 13 firefighters were the at site. one truck has a 22 meter discharging arm.the firefighter to resume spraying on saturday afternoon. they have left the hose in place so
listening in on the news conference of japan's chief cabinet secretary yukio edano. he'll be giving ugs the latest developments at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. >> translator: reportedly iaea suggested the japanese government issue an evacuation order. what do you say? >> translator: yes, the iaea has been conducting a soil survey, and one of the sample readings have exceeded iaea recommended leve levels, and it's been advised to the japanese government that we should take careful decisions based on these sampling results, and they will -- we have been continuing the atmospheric radiation surveys near the site and the iaea sampling results will also be taken into consideration for further detailed monitoring on the part of the japanese government. and as to the radiation levels in soil, this has exceeded the recommended limits. if the health hazard can develop to humans who stay near the site for prolonged periods of time, but there is no immediate health hazards if the exposure will continue for a prolonged period of time, the impact can occur. we will continue the ongoing
>> hello everyone. welcome to our special coverage of the events in japan. >> welcome. >> here are the top stories of this hour. workers at the fukushima nuclear plant are scrambling to save the reactors from a meltdown following last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami. in libya, the government says its supporters are making gains at the expense of rivals. the u.n. secretary general urges all sides in the conflict to cause a ceasefire. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> nuclear experts in japan are still battling to prevent a meltdown at the fukushima power plant. concerns are growing about a pool holding spent nuclear fuel at the reactor complex. workers are using all means possible to cool the reactors that were damaged in the earthquake. the plant had to be evacuated temporarily at one point due to high levels of radiation. >> dense clouds of stream rose from the fukushima nuclear plant on wednesday. but the fire in reactor four was of less concern to the authorities than a possible fracture to the containment vessel of reactor three.
are unaccounted for. >>> you are watching nhk world and this is "newsline" for eleven a.m. japan time. friday marks two weeks since the mass i have earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern japan causing heavy damage to the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. workers at the plant have to deal with high radiation levels as efforts to restart cooling systems in the athe reactor buildings. on thursday, three workers were take on the the hospital after being exposed to a high level of radiation. two of the men could be suffering from so-called beta burns. they are similar to regular burns but it could be several weeks before their severity and complications are known. the workers were standing on a flooded basement floor when they tried to reconnect power lines in the turbine building next to the number three reactor building. the radiation level on the surface of the water was 400 millisieverts. the maximum level of radiation exposure allowed for nuclear plant workers in japan is 100 millisieverts, but a health and labor ministry has recently raised the limit to 250 millisieverts for emergency
of the international atomic energy agency, yukiya amano, says he's starting to see some positive developments in japan's efforts to stabilize the crippled nuclear power plant. amano made the remark in an emergency iaea board meeting in vienna on monday. the meeting opened way silent prayer for victims of the great east japan earthquake. amano told participants that he and prime minister naoto kan agreed last week that japan will speed up information about the crisis at the fukushima daiichi plant. amano said the situation at the plant remains very serious but some positive developments have been seen. officials later briefed a working-level meeting on how the crisis developed at the plant and their plan to restore cooling systems for reactors. >> one of the issues that have been discussed is that this is some -- the safety standard is not mandatory, voluntary, but there is some also argument or views that this should be mandatory. >> the iaea has already sent a team of experts to japan. the organization plans to send more nuclear and radiation experts on japan's request. >>> the death toll from the qu
disaster in japan. here is what is happening right now. a massive earthquake has hit northern japan, triggering a huge tsunami that devastated hundreds of miles of coastline. the earthquake measured 8.9 on the richter scale, one of the largest ever reported. the tremor sparked at least 80 fires. beyond japan, tsunami warnings not cover almost all of the pacific rim, from russia to south america. >> the earth and the ocean turned against japan on friday. a massive earthquake hit the country and triggered a tsunami that has devastated much of the country's northeastern shore line. police say more than 300 people have died, most of them in sendai, the city worsted. 500 people are missing. japan's prime minister has declared a nuclear emergency after the cooling system at a nuclear plant failed to people have been ordered to evacuate the area. but authorities in a radiation has been released. a tsunami warnings remain in effect for most of the pacific coastline of or to california. we begin with the latest from japan. >> even as further earthquakes shake japan, the initial cleanup has b
missing japanese are returning to japan. >>> among the 28 japanese who remain unaccounted for in christchurch are a number of nurses. they were studying english there. why are japanese nurses going a abroad to study and work? nhk world found out. >> reporter: nhk world found out. >> reporter: noriko is one of the missing japanese who left for christchurch in january. after working as a nurse in japan for about seven years, she went overseas in the hope of acquiring english skills and becoming involved with international nursing activities. she had taken part in the activities of a nonprofit organization in cambodia. a doctor, who also was a teammate, praises her. >> translator: she's cheerful and positive about everything. i think she is an excellent nurse. >> reporter: her school offered english for nurses who wanted to work overseas. many japanese nurses were in the school in christchurch when it collapsed. this woman has been a nurse for six years. just like others, she wants to work in developing countries or a disaster site in the future. >> translator: i want to help
, and this is "newsline" for 11:00 a.m. japan time. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> traces of plutonium have been detected in soil samples from the compounds of the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. the operator of the plant, tokyo electric power company, says the level detected is very low and does not pose a threat to human health. the government said it will conduct further monitoring to see its possible effects. >> translator: concentration of the detected plutonium is comparable to the environmental fallo fallout, it is comparable to the level that will be found in our environment. however, if you look at the types of plutonium, the composition is different from the general fallout. because of this we believe this plutonium is likely to come from the reactor. higher level of plutonium, we need to take additional measures, so our intention for now is to continue on with the monitoring on the site. >>> chief cabinet secretary edano also said the fact that plutonium was detected proves that fuel rods had temporarily melted down in the reactor and that this is a grave situation. he said the
worldline. >>> the nuclear and safety agency here in japan said on a news conference on saturday morning said they detected nuclear levels considerably higher than yesterday. >> translator: according to typical sea water analysis, iodine levels at the facility of the south discharge outlet of the fukushima daiichi power plant which was 126 times the controlled limit yesterday, later rose to 140 times, and today was at 1,250.8 times the control limit. this figure means that if you drink 500 milliliters of such water, you would get a dose of one millisievert which is an average dose limit for adults. >> the situation at the fukushima daiichi plant remains serious. tokyo electric power company has had to change its strategy to restore cooling systems at the plant due to high radiation levels at the site. reactors one through four all lost their cooling capabilities when external and backup power supplies failed after the quake and tsunami. tepco has been working to restore external power while trying to cool the reactors. the three workers were exposed to highly radioactive water in
>> hello, everyone. welcome to special coverage of the latest events in japan. >> here's what he's happening at this moment. fears grow of a meltdown at the fukushima nuclear power plant in japan after a second explosion at the damaged facility. fuel rods and another reactor in fukushima are the u.n. regular agency says no chain reaction is taking place there. japanese engineers are stepping up efforts to prevent a meltdown at the nuclear power plant damaged in last friday's earthquake. the fukushima plant has been hit by two explosions. the latest happened early on monday. rapidly falling water levels have exposed fuel rods in another reactor, increasing the risk of a core meltdown. >> it's the third day of japan's nuclear crisis, and the situation at the fukushima power plant remains critical. now there has been a second explosion there. aerial footage shows two damaged reactor structures. a surveillance camera captured the moment of the blast which blew apart the concrete building surrending the number three reactor. the japanese government says this was a hydrogen explosion.
>>> welcome to nhk news world line. the u.s. embassy announced the head of japan affairs at the state department kevin maher has been fired. visiting u.s. assistant secretary of state kurt campbell, in facted him of the move on thursday in their talks on thursday. they say a former deputy chief will assume the post. maher reportedly told some college students in the u.s. last december that okinawans are masters of manipulation and extortion. he was referring to the relocation of a u.s. marines air space station in the southern most prefecture. in the talks with takeaki matsumoto, campbell said maher's comments are unacceptable and contrary to u.s. policy and its respect for the people of okinawa. >>> japan's two major stock exchange operators will explore the possibility of consolidating their businesses. the talks will be aimed at bolstering japan's standing in the world equity market, amid growing pressure for realignment in the industry. if they agree to integrate operations it will have a listing of 4,000 stocks, rivaling the world's leading forces. the two will likel
are watching "newsline" for 11:00 a.m. japan time. japan has announced new orders on food produced in fukushima prefecture where the troubled nuclear power plant is located. naoto kan said not to consume some vegetables in fukushima. radiation were detected high in some samples. the government is instructing the public not to consume spinach, cabbage, broccoli and some other vegetables produced in fukushima for the time being. readings were given for leaf vegetables produced in the prefecture. the health ministry says radioactive siusium was detected. i ordered a halt to shipments of radish produced in fukushima as well as raw milk and parsley in the neighboring prefecture ibaraki. this follows measures suspending shipment of vegetables . here to tell us more about the latest instructions on vegetables and the possible affects on the human body is hideki. >> the prime minister announced he's suspending the shipment and intake of vegetables s suspected to be contaminated with radiation. what is your reaction? >> vegetables are not contaminated have been found one after another. if people are
. the japanese government has to help 0 to fund the investment. japan's energy body. the brazilian mining firm has a huge share of the world niobium market. it is needed to make high grade steel plates for automobiles. ni ppo n steel has been getting its steel from the brazilian firm. a leading steel maker is planning to acquire 5% stake in the same mining firm. >>> the united states is hoping japan will join a transpacific free trade agreement. u.s. trade representative ron kirk spoke on wednesday at a trade symposium. >> japan's future will be as its past was and that is being a competitor in a robust, global environment but that meant japan was going to have to confront the challenge of opening its agricultural market. >> kirk praised japan's decision to join the tpp negotiations in an annual report issued this week. the office stated one of the goals for 2011 is substantial progress on the tpp. it is a u.s.-backed multilateral free trade agreement for the region. >>> negotiations are underway between the united states, australia and seven other countries. japan will decide whether to parti
good thing; he just made it. of japan. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." as worries grow over unrest in the middle east, crude oil futures have hit again $100 a barrel in new york. buy orders increased on tuesday as market players became more concerned about future oil supplies on news that iran security forces clamped down on anti-government protesters. iran is the second largest oil producer among opec oil member countries. this e benchmark wti crude futures topped $100 a barrel in after-hours trading for the first time since last wednesday. the index is now at that price. on the new york stock exchange, share prices plunged on tuesday amid growing worries that higher oil prices may slow down the world economic recovery. the dow jones industrial average closed at 12058, down 168 points from the previous day. u.s. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke has indicated america's economy is growing at a faster pace than last year but he cautions over soaring oil prices over continuing soaring prices in the arab world. >> sustained rises in the price 0 of oil and other commodities
>> hello and welcome to our special coverage of the latest events in japan. first what is happening at the moment -- a un's nuclear chief calls the situation after the stricken fukushima very worrying after a blast car radiation levels rose for a time. at the u.s. is sending more specialists to help deal with the threat. in the country's -- in the country, the northeast humanitarian crisis -- the government has appealed for calm as people in tokyo began to flee the city or stock up on the essential supplies. >> in japan, the un's the nuclear energy agency says the containment wall at one of the reactors at the fukushima power plant may have been breached after an explosion on monday. radiation levels rose after a fire and separate reactor blast. most of the people within 30 kilometers have been evacuated. those remaining are being urged to stay indoors. above normal radiation levels have been measured in tokyo, 250 kilometers to the south. >> it tuesday's fire in reactor no. 4 and damage from explosions at the other reactor blocks pose a potentially disastrous situation. reports say
office on thursday. the australiaens are visiting japan until wednesday on a trip sponsored by the japanese government. he said he felt deep remost and offered a heart felt apology for the tremendous suffering of so many people including australian pows. richards called it a historic event saying they are significant to the p.o.w.s. and their families. also said the government will begin preparations to deliver similar copies to other former australian p.o.w.s. over the weekend they are scheduled to visit sites where they were held during the war. >>> turning to our japan syndrome series, we look at the challenges created by this country's aging and declining population. some of those challenges are sparking business opportunities, nursing care for one is something many asian nations are focusing on. there's a reason behind this. the graph shows the percentage of people who are older than 65 in five asian countries them elderly population of thailand and china will reach 14% in 20 years. that means they will be considered so-called aged societies. at the same time, japan, si
at fukushima. i put that question earlier to a correspondent who joined us in north east japan. pitt -- " >> well, they are still trying to figure out what to do with contaminated water. the contamination levels exceed 3500 times the legal limit today. the president has been hospitalized in tokyo for fatigue and dizzy spells, and he was last seen in public the day after the tsunami, so it seems that there is some disorder within the country. also, we have been hearing about the car -- harsh conditions, some sleeping in stairwells and only getting two meals a day of crackers and, and now, they are be putting in a gymnasium about 10 kilometers away from that. it does not look like they will get this thing under control anytime soon. >> but was chris reporting from japan. and there is talk about the safety of exports being sent from japan. these products are sent around the world. it is uncertain how much radiation has leaked from the fukushima facility, and that has led many to ban food imports from the region, but they export much more than food. there are now many unanswered question
for the future of yemen. >> japan has stopped all shipments of unprocessed milk and spinach from the area around the fukushima power plant. officials tell people they're not to drink the tap water because of high levels of radiation. on monday, workers at the plant were told to leave after smoke came from reactors two and three. it is still not clear why. >> the smoke rose from the reactor 3. workers temporarily evacuated the facility. japan's nuclear authority said it did not know what was burning, but there was no explosion. the government tried to reassure the public. >> radioactivity near the reactor has not increased, despite the smoke. we should not forget that even non-hazardous material can catch fire. we must stay calm. >> the operators of the facility are facing more complications. news has emerged of negligence of the plant. a routine inspection was missed just before the quake. components of the cooling system were not checked. soldiers and firefighters continued to douse the reactors with water on monday to keep them from overheating. the power has been connected to the control cent
. >>> in japan, shipments of beer and related beverages increased for the second consecutive month. brewery's say the shipments total 377 mill litters. shipments of low-priced beer flavored drinks jumped 19% due to new product releases by breweries. this category of beer accounted for 39% of shipments for beer related beverages. looking in terms of total shipment e the proportion of regular beer fell to 44%. their shipments in the month dropped by 2.5%. the low malt felt by 16%. consumers remain budget conscious. >>> here's the latest market figures. . >>> officials in china are midway through the country's annual national people's congress, and we have been bringing you daily updates on the many different challenges the country faces. lisa comb ya has the latest on the congress from beijing. >> reporter: chinese legislator will express strong concern on thursday about the recent calls for pro democracy demonstrations. during the congress's sixth day, wu vowed to uphold the communist party political held system. >> the importance of sticking to the right policies is to maintain the country's basi
a minute. and meanwhile, japan's self defense forces say the helicopters and fire trucks are getting ready to resume work. they can spray up to 11 tons of water and 80 meters in a few minutes. the defense ministry official says it is starting to start the ground spraying operation on friday afternoon. and now we have analysis of the latest situation at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. >>> translator: we are now joined by our correspondent. the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant tepco is preparing to restore power source from outside. which was explained at the news conference. at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, the biggest trouble was that the tower collapsed an the power distribution panel and the facilities were submerged in water due to tsunami and they were broken. so attempts to cool down the nuclear fuel was no longer available. so that's the biggest trouble causing these issues. so tepco is trying to bring new cable from the tohoku electric power company's power transmission lines and they are going to replace the power transmission panels and at number one a
nuclear experts to japan to help remove highly radioactive water from the troubled power plant. two other french experts are already in japan and are holding talks with the plant operator, tokyo electric power company. the five are from french-based ariva, one of the biggest nuclear energy firms. they will help to remove the polluted water that is hampering efforts to restore the cooling functions. this is the second time that france has dispatched experts to japan since the fukushima reactors were damaged by the march 11th quake and tsunami. france has already supplied radiation measuring vehicles and protective clothing. french president nicolas sarkozy will visit japan on thursday. he will meet prime minister naoto kan about further assistance to resolve the nuclear crisis. the science ministry says levels of radiation near the fukushima daiichi plant in the seawater are higher than normal but on the decline. they have been collecting seawater samples since march 23rd. it began the research after a high-density of radioactive substances was detected in seawater near the plant's drain o
that at least one of the reactors at japan's fukushima power plant is leaking. officials have found plutonium around the plant, and highly radioactive water has been discovered for the first time outside the building. the tokyo electric power company, tepco, maintains it poses no health risk to humans. we have this report. >> plutonium has been found in five spots around fukushima, but tepco insists the levels are not harmful. >> the level detective is extremely small and will not affect human health. -- the level detected. >> they were trying to stay on top of the situation. now, a government representative is says that there may have been a partial meltdown inside reactor number two, this after water rose to more than 100,000 times its normal level over the weekend. they now have to pump out the contaminated water before they continue to work on reestablishing the cooling system. engineers can only spend a few minutes at a time in the reactor buildings due to the radiation levels. >> when you are inside, you are contaminated by radiation. i was exposed over five days. the longer you spend i
. >> i'm sarah kelly with the business news, welcome. our top stories at this hour -- in japan, the military has used wear from firefighters to cool reactors. the ieae says it has stabilized, but it could still worsen. the security council is voting on libya as the gaddafi forces push into rebel-held territory. the u.n.'s nuclear watch dog says efforts made by japan to cool reactor it's and fuel rods at the fukushima power plant have stabilized the situation but warning it could deteriorate. engineers have worked through the night to install a power line for water pumps needed to cool two reactors and a storage site for spent nuclear fuel rods. helicopters have also been dumping water on overheating reactors to stave off a meltdown. fire trucks have also joined in the effort. >> japan has been pinning a lot of its hopes on these trucks. they can get within 80 meters of the reactor. the trucks have repeatedly doused the pool with water as shown in this graphic from japanese tv. authorities were guarded about the operation's success. some reports say radiation levels have risen s
from there. about 10:00 a.m. japan time,ening a nhk helicopter filmed smoke coming from the fukushima daiichi power plant. helicopter is flying 30 kilometers away from the plant. we don't know the details of which reactor it is coming from, or whether it is caused by flame or a hydrogen explosion, as we have seen in some of the reactors yesterday and the day before. earlier wednesday the plant operator reported fire at the fukushima daiichi power plant and flames were seen coming from the number four reactor building then. the same building that caught fire on tuesday. the tokyo electric power company says there were no visible signs of fire about a half hour after it was detected. however, as you see, this is the video footage taken about 20 minutes ago at the fukushima daiichi power plant that smoke is billowing from the power plant fukushima daiichi there. all i nuclear four at the number four building was dmept a storage pool when friday's quake hit the plant. we are talking about the number four reactor building at the moment, but we don't know where the smoke is coming from as o
of libya must be protected. >> we stand by our great friend and ally japan in its time of need. >> the nuclear crisis in japan -- could it happen here? >> schering the life out of everybody. >> time to start thinking about the 2012 republican presidential nominee. what about the donald? >> have never been so serious as i am now. >> and march madness -- do you have your brackets? captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- it was a 10-nothing vote, and five abstentions. the u.n. authorized the use of all necessary measures to protect citizens in libya. here is susan rice, our u.n. ambassador. >> the security council has authorized the use of force, including enforcement of a no- fly zone, to protect civilians and civilian areas targeted by colonel gaddafi, his intelligence and security forces, and his mercenaries. >> after the u.n. vote, the foreign minister said that the country was declaring an immediate ceasefire and halting military operations. after that, oil prices dropped. meanwhile, the no-fly zone. what about gaddafi's text and artillery? is this t
and dozens more injured after a car bomb explosion in central jerusalem. japan says infants are potentially at risk. his warning this potential radioactive contamination in tokyo's drinking water. and the death of a hollywood legend. actress liz taylor has died. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says the attack is responsible for wednesday's bus bombing will learn israel has an iron will to defend itself, and he promised an aggressive response. this after a huge blast in jerusalem killed one person and injured dozens of others, some of them seriously. police say the device was placed in a bag next to a bus shelter at the central city bus station. the bomb detonated near jerusalem's bus terminal, a busy part of the city. dozens of ambulances rushed to the scene with medics fearing the worst. >> there were no injuries on the bus. most of those wounded were in the station. perhaps the explosion was in the station because it appears there was no blast inside the bus. it remained intact. >> the explosion was heard across the city. it is the first time since 2004 that israeli public trans
. this is "newsline" for 11:00 a.m. japan time. >>> video footage from the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant shows what appears to be steam or smoke rising from four reactor buildings. this footage was shot from an nhk helicopter at around 7:00 a.m. on thursday from a distance of over 30 kilometers from the plant. what appears to be steam was rising from the number one reactor building for the first time. 'steam was also seen riding from the buildings of the number 2, number 3, and number 4 reactors. the nuclear and industrial safety agency says that steam was rising from the four reactors as of 10:00 a.m. and that all of it was colorless. at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, work to cool down the storage pool after reactor building has been resumed. on wednesday, black smoke was seen rising from the number 3 reactor building. for safety reasons, work was suspended on restoring the cooling systems of reactor buildings one through four. the nuclear and industrial safety agency says at five 5:35 a.m. on thursday, the black smoke could no longer be seen. >> about the spent fuel pool on march
recovery. >>> japan's current account surplus marked its first drop in nearly two months due to a jump in imports and soaring prices of crude oil and iron ore. the finance ministry set in a preliminary report on tuesday that the surplus for january totaled around $5.6 billion. that is a plunge of almost 48% from a year earlier. the trade deficit for january was $4.8 billion. the ministry said weaker exports during china's lunar new year holidays were another negative factor. this is the first time in two years that the trade balance has tipped into the red. the income balance, which includes returns on foreign investment, rose above 10%. the increase was due to improved earnings and overseas subsidiaries of japanese firms. >>> credit worries continue on heavily indebted european countries. this has led a u.s. credit rating agency to downgrade greek government bonds by three notches. moody's said on monday it lowered the rating of greek debt from the already below investment grade of b.a.-1 to b.-1. since running into a debt crisis last year, greece has been trying to turn around its fi
its decision. >>> the governments of japan and china are trying to repair their countries' tattered relations. high-ranking officials from both sides have agreed to work together to promote mutual trust and respect. things soured last september after a chinese trawler collided with japanese coast guard ships near the senkaku islands in the east china sea. japanese vice foreign minister ken-ichiro sas aechlt and chinese vice foreign minister zhang jijun met on monday in tokyo. it's the first time this kind of meeting has happened since june 2009. they agreed this year will be important because next year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between their two nations. they also said their two governments would try to encourage harmony between their citizens. sasae reportedly told the chinese side the senkaku islands are an integral part of japan and there is no territorial issue between the two countries. it's also believed he proposed to resume stalled negotiations on the joint development of a gas field in the east china sea. zhang later told reporters t
in gaza after an upscale in mortar attacksn rent days. there is still radiation coming off of japan's fukushima power plant, but no one knows why. stm d smoke also continue to rise from the damaged reactor. no news today on whether efforts to cool the reactor and moving foar japanese authorities have begun testing for radiation in the seawater near the plant. meanwhile, the world health organization says the radiation levels measured in local produce are more serious than previously thought. >> were presumed i rctor 3 after a day -- a day after the smoke forced officials to suspend operations. it is now believed the smoke is from burning debris. >> it is difficult to get inside the burning reactor. wereanyzing the procedures and measuring the level of reactivity -- radioactivity to determine the cause of t smoke. >> engineers say power was restored to all six of the plant's reactors on tuesday. that is a key steptorearin the cooling systems and bringing temperatures down in the reactors. meanwhile, fear of contaminated odndluetg sales is spreading in tokyo. deliveries of milk and sp
with the pacific northwest, san francisco, and reed college. snyder now lives in kyoto, japan, where he is a student of zen. but for part of 1965, he was a lecturer in the english department at the university of california at berkeley. when asked to ad lib a biography, he gave his usual, direct answer. >> well, i'd have to tell the truth. i was born in san francisco, and, uh, at a very early age, i was moved to seattle, where i grew up on a small farm just north of seattle. uh, later, about 12, we moved to portland, oregon. i went to college in portland, oregon. uh, graduated from reed college. spent a little time at indiana university, and then came back to the bay area. i went here to berkeley in the oriental languages department for, uh, about three years, and then for the last eight years, i've almost constantly been living in japan. >> this guy says to me-- we're swimming in the cenote, those ocean pools that kind of-- and he, i told you, he said, "look, if an anaconda comes up to you, don't worry, because he'll catch your scent and turn away." and i said, "do you mind if i just go
." >> our top stories -- another day of violence as protest start across the middle east. a setback in japan as officials expect a breach at reactor three. the eu decides on a voluntary safety tactics on all nuclear reactors. >> in syria the government continues with a violent crackdown on opposition protests. people took to the streets of several cities where there are reports at least three were killed by pro-government demonstrators. in the main center of the protests, thousands attended funeral marches for those killed earlier in the week. >> thousands of demonstrators took to the streets after friday prayers. a scene repeated in several syrian cities. this video shows a rally in the capital of damascus, evidence that unrest is spreading. the syrian president pledged political reforms on friday but the protesters dismissed the measures as inadequate. hours later reports said police fired on protesters in the village killing at least 17 people. the aftermath is shown in this video released -- released through facebook. amateur videos posted online provide the only documentation of such ev
has been gathered from all over japan. they are doing the rounds of the evacuation shelter. experts say he has come from kushu. on this day the experts visited a setup and the high cool in fukushima city. every day new evacuees are arriving here. the examination for radiation per person takes one minute. special equipment is used to measure the amount of radiation adhering to the surface of the person's body. the doctor tells this child there is no problem with his health. if there are no problems in order to make the residents feel secure a card is issued telling them they are free of radiation. on this day nobody showed problems in the examination. so far, fukushima prefecture authorities have measured radiation levels of 57,000 residents. and so far, no one needed to be washed free of contamination. this mother said they were all right, but she was very worried about her child. the fear of invisible radiation weighs heavily evacuees already from the damage done by the quake and the tsunamis. this woman is asked what she wants to do the most now. she says that she wants to return
soccer match in japan for survivors ofhe earthquake and the tsunami. the future of libya as a plot of e agenda and london on tuesday. more tn 40 politicians met to discuss the post gaddafi e. qatar warning gaddafi that he has a matterto save themselves. the coalition says they did not tell the car rentals in libya but france said that thatistill. -- the coalition says that they did not agree to arm the rebels >> the rebels are on the back foot again. after fierce fighting, they have ll b regrouping. is latest setbacks, there is calling for more international support. >> where is america? where is great britain? they should help us. they shod gaps or stopping gaddafi forces from ncing us. >> they say they will not be sending in ground forces. germany is especially opposed to the idea. foreign minister has offered humanitarian help. >> delegates agreed that gaddafi has to go but what should happen to him if he leaves power? italy hasrose exile while france, the u.s., and britain want to see him put before the international criminal court. the british hosts of the conference, however, hav
crude oil reserves on the african continent. >> to japan where it has been one week since the earthquake and tsunami that caused so much devastation. we now take a look at the japanese population and how they are coping with the aftermath. many people have lost everything. over half a million people are homeless. survivors stood with the rest of the nation for a moment of silence. >> one week after the earthquake at 2:46 p.m. people observed a moment of silence to commemorate the victims. the death toll is almost 6500. 10,000 others are missing. relief workers also paused for a moment. their task seems almost insurmountable. the tsunami and the nuclear crisis caused the number of the evacuees to swell. the cold weather is affecting thousands of people. there have been reports of death among the elderly. >> after filling all the stove's we have run out of fuel. >> it is really cool. we are desperate for hot food. >> many are desperate for news of missing relatives. there are occasional moments of joy. this man was reunited with his cousin he thought was dead. at this air base u.s. troops
violins in st. mark's square in venice. i heard it in an elevator in japan. i've heard it-- i'm just struck when i hear it, and it's not--i have to tell you, i don't connect with it as me anymore. i mean, i did at one time, but it's become so much bigger than that. but the most beautiful time i ever heard it was last summer when my daughter was married, and she married somebody that john actually had the opportunity to get to know before he died. >> i wrote annie's song riding up in a ski lift one day when suddenly i was hypersensitive to how beautiful everything was. the sky was a blue you only see from mountaintops. then i became aware of the other people skiing, the colors of their clothes, the birds singing, the sound of the lift, the sibilant sound of the skiers going down the mountain. all of these things filled up my senses, and when i said this to myself, unbidden images came one after the other: the night in the forest, a walk in the rain, the mountains in springtime. all of the pictures merged, and then what i was left with was annie. that song was the embodiment of the lov
the details on the earthquake and to none in japan. we do not have a lot to add except that modern science and technology have enabled officials in hawaii and the west coast of the u.s. to warn residents well in advance. as always, the u.s. navy is ready to respond quickly to events in the pacific with humanitarian relief. beyond that, there is not much we can say at this point. the program is "inside wash.." it has been a long while since a congressional hearing has built up so much advanced + -- publicity, 7 negative. this was on home ground terrorism. ever since the announcement hearings, peter king had been accused of being a latter day joe mccarthy, but he refused to back down. >> to back them would be a craven surrender to political practice and an abdication of what i believe is the main responsibility of this committee, to protect america from a terrorist attack. >> by citing their violent actions to the entire community, you assigned collective blame to a whole group. this is the very heart of stereotyping and scapegoating. >> that is democratic congressman keith ellison of minnes
from the west, and it is going to be a wet and picture across much of japan. northern sections will be seeing snow as well. nofothe korean peninsula, southern sections were seeing a little bit of rain and snow thi. things are going to be looking a lotdryer. same goes for much of china as well. in the south this e scattered showers in place, but that is algoing to b drying out as well. now, for the philippines southern sections have bee lot . that's spreading across the country today, even northe islands picking up a couple showers throughout the day.dign manila. for bangkok. a couple thundershowers for you here. 25 inong kong and 7 in shanghai. 5 for seoul. and 10 degrees in tokyo. with the rain this afternoon it's likely going to feel pretty chilly. and overowan, picking up quite a bit of rain here across northern ily -- or rather australia and in toward western australia here. alki at a very lows. well-developed low that is he heading in toward new zealand fit a t rain for australia, some heavy rain spots showing up across the gulf of stlienteria and also western here expec
a barrel second, commodity prices are surging, china is raising interest rates, japan is raising interest rates, european central bank is raising interest rates. and the fed may have to raise interest rates. the third thing that's a problem of the economy is, the stimulus is dying out. and if inflation appears fed reserve chairman bernanke will have to end this easing which is hosing 100 billion dollars in cash into the economy every weren't and the possibility of irish defaulting some there are clouds over looks like a recovery. >> very good at finding all those clouds! it was very good news for the economy, with job creation just under 200,000 in the private sector. and if that kind of row bustness can continue, looking at an unemployment rate that may drop a little below 8 by 2012 is very good news for the american and also good for the president's re-election prospects. but i'll find one crowl of my own and that is something else that mr. bernanke said that you didn't include, and that is if the republicans proceed with the kind of cuts that they're talking about, that that could damp
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